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September 27, 2006

Alcoa Forms Chinese Automotive Casting Alliance with SMW Automotive Hong Kong

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa announced today that it has signed an agreement with SMW Automotive Hong Kong to form an alliance to produce cast aluminum chassis and suspension components and modules for the automotive industry in China, South Korea, Japan and the Asia Pacific region.

Under the agreement, Alcoa plans to license its Vacuum Riserless and Pressure Riserless Casting (VRC/PRC) technology and sell related production assets.

SMW Hong Kong’s new wholly owned subsidiary, Alutech Automotive Parts, Ltd. of China, will establish an aluminum casting plant in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China to supply OEMs in Asia with cast structural parts using Alcoa's proprietary technology. The plant is slated to be operational in 2008. In addition, the agreement provides the framework for both companies to identify, develop and launch programs.

“This marks our official establishment of a commercial footprint in China and complements and adds to Alcoa’s current VRC/PRC aluminum casting capabilities in the U.S. and Europe,” said Misha Riveros Jacobson, President, Alcoa Auto and Truck Structures.

Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap® foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa® wheels, and Baco® household wraps. Among its other businesses are closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 129,000 employees in 44 countries and has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at

SMW Automotive Hong Kong is a wholly owned subsidiary of Concord International, a privately held Tier 1 supplier of chassis, brake components and systems headquartered in Troy, Michigan with operations in the U.S., Canada, France, Brazil, and China.